The Commission on Congregational Life (CoCL) is a group of involved and innovative Diocesan leaders. The commission is canonically accountable to Bishop Breidenthal and the Diocese of Southern Ohio for ensuring that the Diocese’s congregations are healthy, joyous, and productive. The CoCL provides guidance and programming for the Diocese’s congregations in order to sustain congregational vitality.
The CoCL currently has 13 members who are recommended to the commission from a variety of sources. Bishop Breidenthal approves all candidates who serve on this commission and each of these members is a liaison to one or more Diocesan congregations. The commission liaisons meet periodically with their congregational clients, staying informed of the congregation’s needs and providing direct consultative support. The liaisons serve as informed advocates for congregations seeking assistance as well as also informing CoCL when the commission should consider offering alternatives other than financial grants.